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Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

Adriax Re:embryonic stem cells (100 comments)

Embryonic is easy mode, the cells can become literally any cell of the body.
Next you figure out what traits are absolutely necessary to make a cell produce insulin and compare it to the traits of pluripotent cells made from adult cells of various parts of the body. Maybe skin cells can be coaxed into it, or maybe muscle cells, or liver.

With this breakthrough they have a template that could quickly lead to diabetics being cured by a quick sample being cut out then reimplanted a month later after being changed into insulin producer cells.

about two weeks ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

Adriax Re:Distance and Charge Time (174 comments)

According to the article the conversion kit costs $100k and it has no mention to lifespan.

But say your lifespan number is correct, lets look at this.
8 hrs a day, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year for a fulltime 100% driving duty vehicle = 2080 hours/year.
So already this conversion would last 5 years at a bare minimum. Please note the article suggests a 3 year payback time on this, meaning a possibility of an extra $66k of savings for the medium duty kit.

Of course that would require the turbine to be running full time and the vehicle to be in motion the full time. Which is not the workload they are targeting.
For a garbage truck spending some of its work time parked to pickup dumpsters and most of its driving being start/stop (regenerative braking), lets say the turbine only runs 66% of the time. That would give a converted garbage hauler a 7+ year engine lifespan, which is frankly pretty darn good.
A delivery truck with a maybe 50% drive time would last over 10 years.

about three weeks ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

Adriax Re:Distance and Charge Time (174 comments)

An electric drive train weighs a fraction of what an axle drive train does for those monsters, and an electric motor is MUCH better for a stop&go traffic pattern due to resting torque differences and regenerative braking.
Plus the generator can be tuned for a singular operating RPM since the battery bank will be buffering the energy. That right there simplifies the engine and boosts efficiency.

I'm a fan of the electric + generator hybrid setup. It can take advantage of the existing fuel infrastructure for distance, while giving efficiency gains and allowing designers to use a wider range of engine designs for the generator. I would guess there are a couple engine designs out there that are more efficient/powerful for the mass and/or volume but can't do the variable RPM a 4-12 piston IC does.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

Adriax Re:Boost mobile (209 comments)

Didn't say it was t-mobile's marketing lies. Just yours.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

Adriax Re:Boost mobile (209 comments)

No, that situation is referred to as "More than I need".
"Unlimited as long as you don't actually use it" is not unlimited, not by any logical definition. It has a limit, therefor it is the opposite of unlimited.

Your definition is 100% marketing lies.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

Adriax Re:Boost mobile (209 comments)

So it's unlimited as long as you don't exceed a predefined limit?

about three weeks ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

Adriax Re:The luxury of money (155 comments)

You forgot "and have another studio finish the rest of the planned features for release as DLC."

about a month ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Adriax Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

If you're going to have crime then it's better to have it organized and out in the open. Easier to keep track of and keep from getting too out of hand.

about a month and a half ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Adriax Re:HALO (368 comments)

Heh, I can see that.
Completely recode the game in C#/.Net and have IE specific calls to run the game. Force minecraft players to keep IE completely updated to run it, even old versions.
$2billion advertising campaign for IE11 or 12 doesn't sound so far fetched.

about a month and a half ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Adriax Re:HALO (368 comments)

They should have bought minecraft years ago then. Back when the hype was starting and they could have gotten it for a couple million.

Kinda curious as to how they're going to screw it up.
Forced windows 8 integration?
Port the x-box port back to windows and drop the java version?
Mandatory Realms hosting for multiplayer so they can police it and add microtransactions for diamonds? "10 credits = 1 diamond. Or buy a pack and save! Available packs include the 64 diamond Stack Pack, the 574 diamond Block Stack Pack, or the best value the Diamond Block Dick To Pierce The Skies pack!"

about a month and a half ago
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3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

Adriax Re:You should see (176 comments)

You weren't a teenager during the 90's, were you?
Vague splotch of color, not even moving, was easily enough information...

about a month and a half ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Adriax Re:Seriously? (533 comments)

Living in the middle of a wyoming town and getting 3Mbps on a good day (advertised as 15meg) I'm in the same situation, though we don't find it to be enough bandwidth. 2 netflix streams is enough to shut everything else down and even with an untouched connection we can't videochat with any good quality.

This should change relatively soon with the unified network rollout getting hundred gig pipes all around the state and more exit points than just I25 south to denver. But I tend to be pessimistic about telecoms actually delivering what they tell politicians and get government cash for.

about a month and a half ago
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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Adriax Re:just a little bigger... (147 comments)

Stick 1 pointy haired MBA and 5 interns on the task of turning the pneumatic cannon into an electric fish puree launcher for fish sticks. You'll get your live fish railgun in a week and only 27x over budget.

about a month and a half ago
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NASA Panel Finds Fault WIth Curiosity Rover Project's Focus

Adriax Re:Focus (51 comments)

Of course. A review panel that can't find a fault gets disbanded, because they obviously aren't performing their function properly.

about a month and a half ago
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Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

Adriax Re:EWWWWWWW (97 comments)

I call bull shit on this fertilizer stuff.

about 1 month ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Adriax Re:I like... (643 comments)

Like many officers?
Police cruisers already have cameras, and we're already seen cases where the camera is disabled by the officer because they don't think bureaucrats with no experience have the right to judge them. And that's not getting into the officers who disable them or "lose" the footage after the fact to cover up their own crimes.

I'm all for these body cams, but don't expect it to be received with open arms or to change behavior overnight.
I suspect if this passes there is going to be a spike in google searches for "how to secretly disable camera and make it looks like equipment failure".

about 2 months ago
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FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

Adriax Re:Crazy statement! (133 comments)

The pilgrims faced starvation and death the first winter until the native americans introduced them to corn based ethanol to power their tractors.

about 2 months ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

Adriax Re:"Hard redirect" (376 comments)

Yeah. My question is what malware are they stealing the idea from.
Something their CEO caught probably.

about 2 months ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

Adriax Re:Bitcoins? (158 comments)

I thought dogecoin smelled like a dead horse that's been beaten to a thin paste of desperate attention grabs and herd mentality?

about 2 months ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

Adriax Re:Bitcoins? (158 comments)

I was going to go with shame and regret.

about 2 months ago

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